England rose to victory over bitter rivals India.

Nasser Hussain full of praise for England after securing India Test series

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After four, long, gruelling Tests in Southampton, it was England who were victorious in the recent Test match against India.

The past year has not been the best for England, after a dip in form and a dismal Ashes series against Australia, things have not been looking too bright for Joe Root and his team.

However, the real test came when India came to town, looking to extend England's dodgy form. 

England take a 3-1 lead into Friday's fifth Test at The Oval, which can not be overturned after an  astounding victory at the Ageas Bowl, with duo Moeen Ali and Sam Curran making vital contributions on their return to the field.

And former England cricketer Nasser Hussain was quick to comment on the match, praising England heavily, and in particular the middle men.

Hussain pointed to performances from Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow as being crucial to the outcome of the series.

Speaking to Sky, the former England captain said: "I think this series was decided in the middle order.

"We're talking Stokes, Buttler, Woakes - a hundred and wickets at Lord's - Moeen Ali, Sam Curran. That middle order has been magnificent.

"That middle order compared to the Indian middle order once you get past Kohli, was like chalk and cheese.

Nasser Hussain full of praise for England's middle men

"Bairstow, when he plays in the middle order, is a very fine player as well. That is England's strength and is why they've not lost a series at home since 2014."

However, despite another impressive win on home soil, Hussain believes England have still got plenty of room for improvement.

"I don't like to get too down when you lose or too high when you win," he added.

"We've been through this cycle, we win at home, we're brilliant at home, but if we were setting off for that Ashes series in Australia again now, would I have Moeen Ali as my frontline spinner? No.

England celebrating clinching the series vs India with one Test to spare

"Would I have Chris Woakes as my main bowling all-rounder? No. Would I need some extra pace? Would I need a left-armer? There are still some questions to answer, but in these conditions, in this country, this is a very, very difficult side to beat."

Having been dropped from the Test side during the tour of New Zealand, Ali certainly appears to have begun making those improvements and, having taken nine wickets in the match, was named player of the match at Southampton.

"He's gone back to Worcestershire, he's worked seriously hard and he's come back and out-bowled Ravi Ashwin. Comfortably out-bowled him in both innings," Hussain said.

"He's been brilliant, he got his pace right, he hit those foot holes better than any other spinner in the game. He got good players out, he wasn't just coming on and mopping up the tail, he got top-order players out. He got runs as well.

"What a phenomenal cricketer he is. Yes, he's got work to do away from home, but in this country, he is a very talented man."

Moeen Ali after the fourth Test in Southampton

This praise will likely give England another huge boost as they go out for Test five knowing they have already got the win in the bag.

The England camp will be hoping they can kick on and continue to rack up some wins and get some consistency flowing in the team.

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